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VIDEO: Haaland’s dad made to leave Bernabeu after insulting & throwing food at Real Madrid fans

Erling Haaland’s dad claims he was removed from his seat for over celebrating Kevin De Bruyne’s equaliser in the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

Manchester City came from behind to earn a creditable first leg draw and will be the favourites to advance to next month’s final ahead of the return leg at the Etihad.

The Premier League giants had fallen behind to Vinicius Jr’s first-half strike and were on the back the foot when De Bruyne produced a venomous effort to level the tie in the second period.

After the match, footage emerged of Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, being escorted from his seat having goaded the home fans by cupping his ear and waving to the supporters below him.

Reports claimed the 50-year-old, who acts as his son’s agent, also threw peanuts, while one of his companions was seen mocking Real Madrid fans.

While reacting to the incident, Haaland tweeted: ‘Ok. RM was not happy we were celebrating KDB goal. Other than than that we had to move because RM fans not happy with 1-1.

Erling, meanwhile, endured a quiet evening during which he was unable to add to his 51-goal tally this campaign.

The 22-year-old, who was heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu before he joined City, was restricted to just 20 touches as Rudiger kept him quiet.

‘Toni Rudiger… excellent,’ said Ancelotti afterwards when asked to assess the defender’s display. ‘Top performance. He was very good, he’s a player with great experience, quality.’

He added: ‘An interesting game. It was difficult for us in all the first half and the second half was much better. We had good control of the game.

‘When they had lots of possession we were in control defensively, then when we started to play the ball we caused difficulties. We had to keep our positions defensively, then when we got the opportunity, we scored the first goal.’

However, Rudiger is confident Real will progress despite the fact they were pegged back by Kevin De Bruyne’s equaliser.

‘They got the goal quite late so we feel like we could have had more but it’s not a problem, the tie is definitely on and we can go to Manchester with confidence,’ said Rudiger.

‘At the end of the day they were not dangerous. They had a lot of possession, we knew this would happen, but they were not dangerous. The goal is quality from De Bruyne.’

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